This unique half-day tour from Rome will take you to the lovely town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning formal gardens.
Castel Gandolfo, built on the site of the legendary ancient settlement of Alba Longa, is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns and has been home to the papal summer residence since 1596. Situated in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani it enjoys splendid views over the beautiful Lake Albano, which you will be able to admire from the grounds of the Apostolic Palace.
Pope Francis only opened up this previously secretive property of the Holy See to the public in 2016. On this tour you will be able to explore the up-to-now hidden gems of this glorious private residence with an audio-guide in your language of choice. Then you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeously manicured Barberini Gardens and the impressive ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa before enjoying a lunch prepared with fresh produce straight from the palace farm!
Afterwards, visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with our fantastic guide